Cantabrigian 14, Norwich 10

Newly-promoted Norwich travelled to Cambridge with high hopes of maintaining their top position in London 3NE despite their hosts' three-year undefeated home record but were edged out in a close game.

The much vaunted Cantabrigian front five threatened to take control in the early exchanges which led to an early penalty for offside which McCormick converted. Six minutes later fly-half Schmitt exploited some weak tackling to score a try, McCormick failing with the conversion.

Norwich gradually clawed their way back into the game and then started to dominate.

Following a quick penalty fly half Parrott made a searing break through the home team backs to score a try, taking the score to 8-5 with Brown unable to add the conversion. Five minutes before half-time a flowing move by the Norwich backs was stopped by a deliberate knock on by Eve to prevent the final pass reaching Walker who had a clear run to the line. Eve was yellow carded and the hosts were lucky not to have conceded a penalty try so close to the line.

Norwich continued to dominate the remainder of the first half and the start of the second but were unable to convert any of their chances.


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The visitors were unlucky to concede a penalty for not retreating and McCormick duly kicked the easy chance to take the score to 11-5.

Norwich now lost some of their discipline which resulted in a number of penalties, one of which McCormick was able to convert to take the score to 14-5.

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The penalty count against Norwich continued to rise as the players seemed unable to adjust to the referee's interpretation of the laws.

In the last 10 minutes Norwich spurned two easy chances when players failed to appreciate that others were in better scoring positions or options to kick penalty points were rejected. However following a spirited final period substitute Rob Micklethwaite was able to score in the corner after a series of accurate passes put him clear. Brown missed the conversion.

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